East Ontario Quebec

McCAGUE BORLACK LLP

Our lawyers in Ottawa are focused on exceeding our client’s expectations in Ottawa and throughout eastern Ontario from Cornwall to the east, south to Kingston/Belleville and Peterborough, North to North Bay and Timmins, and throughout the Province of Quebec.

Regional Expansion Ottawa

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FIRST EXPANSION OFFICE - OTTAWA

McCague Borlack LLP opened its first office outside of the GTA in the fall of 2012. The office is centrally located in the Sun Life Financial Centre in downtown Ottawa, the Nation’s Capital, which is on the shores of the Rideau River in Eastern Ontario. Address, Directions & Map.

Today, McCague Borlack LLP offers one of the largest and most experienced team of civil litigators focused on meeting and exceeding our client’s expectations in Ottawa and throughout eastern Ontario from Cornwall to the east, Southwest to Cobourg, West to Peterborough, North to North Bay, Timmins, Haileybury and beyond. In addition, the bilingual Lawyers in our Ottawa office manage files in the Province of Quebec, and serve our clients’ needs in the neighbouring City of Gatineau and beyond throughout Eastern Quebec.

Through our affiliation with Canadian Litigation Counsel and the Harmonie Group, our Ottawa location can provide you with access to high-quality legal excellence on both a national and international basis.

Ottawa Managing Partner - Martin Smith

A 2001 year of call, Martin Smith was a partner in McCague Borlack's Toronto office for a number of years and is now the managing partner of the firm’s Ottawa office. Martin moved his family to Ottawa during the summer of 2012 where they now reside permanently. Martin practices civil litigation, specializing in the areas of employment law, human rights, professional liability, personal injury and subrogation.

Ottawa Lawyers

Since opening the Ottawa office, a number of lawyers, from the Ottawa area have joined Martin (below in order of call to bar):

  1. Joseph Griffiths, a civil litigator since 2002 and counsel to our Ottawa office, is routinely retained by corporations, non-profits, individuals and government to represent their interests in simple and complex litigation.
  2. Nawaz Tahir is a Partner and a 2002 year of call. From the Court of Appeal to the License Appeals Tribunal, from representing various insurers in the Toronto Propane class action to having one of the first successful catastrophic impairment decisions at the LAT, Nawaz has appeared at and had success at all levels of Courts and Tribunals in Ontario.
     
  3. James M. Brown, Partner and a 2003 year of call, has developed considerable experience in first party insurance claims for accident benefits and disability insurance. James regularly represents insurers on disputes over; the entitlement and quantum of income replacement benefits; determinations of catastrophic impairment; and claims for bad faith.
     
  4. Annette Uetrecht-Bain, Partner and a 2008 year of call, has considerable courtroom experience having appeared before the Ontario Divisional Court, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Financial Services Commission of Ontario and at appeals before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
     
  5. Lisanne McCullough, Associate and 2010 year of call, has acted on behalf of a number of property and casualty insurers defending mva, slip and fall and property claims, in addition to defending claims involving coverage disputes, non-profit organizations and municipalities.
     
  6. Jennifer Kelly, Partner and a 2012 year of call, practices in the areas of transportation, occupiers’ liability, products liability, personal injury law and insurance coverage. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jennifer spent three years in Moscow working as an International Programs Consultant.
     
  7. Bita Rajaee, Associate, has been practicing in the area of civil and insurance defence litigation since 2012. Currently, her practice is focused on the defence of statutory accident benefits claims and tort claims. She passionately seeks the best results for her client by looking at each matter practically and strategically.
     
  8. Nancy Sadek, Partner, is a double bar, bilingual and specialized insurance lawyer who joined MB as a Partner. As a seasoned litigator, Nancy has frequently appeared before all levels of the provincial and federal courts in both Quebec and Ontario. 
     
  9. Douglas Treilhard, Associate and a 2014 year of call, joined the firm after articling as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto and practising for several years in Thunder Bay.
     
  10. Michael Wade, Associate and a 2013 year of call, has worked on the Plaintiff and Defence side of Insurance Litigation giving him an intimate understanding of both sides and, therefore, a significant advantage in providing his defence clients with effective and efficient service.
     
  11. Dennis Molnar, called to the bar in 2014, is Chair of the firm's Family Law group. His practice has a focus on custody/ access litigation, support and property litigation, property law/property disputes, estates litigation and personal injury.
     
  12. Alexander Hartwig, Associate and a 2015 year of call, has experienced insurance and plaintiff-side litigation, bringing knowledge of both sides to his insurance litigation focus.
     
  13. Alex Robineau, Associate and a 2016 year of call and fluently bilingual, joined the Ottawa office as an Associate, in September 2016. During his articling term with the firm, he was fortunate to act as a junior in the course of two trials, allowing him to gain valuable litigation experience at an early stage in his career.
     
  14. Matthew G.T. Glass, Associate and a 2016 year of call, a results-oriented litigator for businesses and individuals in civil, commercial, regulatory, and enforcement proceedings, at the trial and appellant level.
     
  15. Victoria Locs is a 2017 YOC  associate with a focus on accident benefits and insurance-related issues. Clients can expect thoughtful advice on how to put their best foot forward in any given case.
     
  16. Brenden Carruthers, Associate and a 2019 year of call, is focused on civil litigation, with an emphasis on motor vehicle collisions, statutory accident benefits, occupiers’ liability, product liability, subrogation, and employment law matters.
     
  17. Matthew Brown, a 2021 year of call, after having assisted the Crown Attorney with the prosecution of Criminal Code offences in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.

Today, McCague Borlack LLP offers one of the largest and the most experienced team of civil litigators focused on meeting and exceeding our client’s expectations in Ottawa and throughout eastern Ontario from Cornwall to the east, south to Kingston/Belleville and Peterborough, North to North Bay and Timmins, and throughout the Province of Quebec.